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At Monsanto, diversity and inclusion drive business results through two key focus areas. The first is using metrics to effectively communicating the importance of diversity. The second is creating a shared understanding of inclusion and driving that throughout the organization.

The company ensures senior leaders are accountable for diversity through regularly updated dashboards. Monsanto reviews these dashboards with its board of directors twice a year, and with Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant, his direct reports, HR leadership team and the executive D&I council at regular meetings.

Monsanto proactively builds diverse talent pipelines under the guidance of Melissa Harper, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Compliance through strategic sourcing, sponsorship, and skip-level meetings between diverse talent and senior leaders.

Aligning its people processes helps inclusion extend deeper into the culture in tangible ways. For example, leaders at all levels participate in unconscious- bias experiences timed to provide an inclusive lens for talent review, succession planning and performance management.

The company also has a robust mentoring program, with more than 34 percent of U.S. managers participating. The program includes virtual, peer and function-specific mentoring. The entire top two levels of management are signed on as mentors.


Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO

“Monsanto’s mission is to help farmers produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for our growing world. We need a diverse and talented workforce to deliver new innovations to increase food production, improve climate resilience and address challenges in agriculture for today and tomorrow.”
Melissa Harper
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Compliance


U.S. Headquarters: St. Louis

Global Employees: 22,000

U.S. Employees: 11,000

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 46


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